Andrea Bocelli

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 20:00

Andrea Angel Bocelli is an Italian tenor and singer-songwriter who was born with poor eyesight and he became blind at the age of twelve following a football accident.

Bocelli has recorded fourteen solo studio albums, of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 80 million records worldwide since winning the Newcomers section of the Sanremo Music Festival in 1994. In addition, he is the biggest-selling artist in the history of classical music and has caused core classical repertoire to "cross over" to the top of international pop charts and into previously uncharted territory in popular culture.

He was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998. His nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards was the first time since Leontyne Price in 1961 that a classical artist had been nominated in the category in 1999. The Prayer, his duet with Celine Dion for the animated film The Quest for Camelot, won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category. With the release of his classical album, Sacred Arias, Bocelli captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records, as he simultaneously held the top 3 positions on the US classical albums charts. Seven of his albums have since reached the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. A record-setting 10 have topped the classical albums charts in the United States.

With 5 million units sold worldwide, Sacred Arias became the biggest-selling classical album by a solo artist of all time and with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. His pop album in 1997, Romanza, became the best-selling album by an Italian artist of any genre in history as well as the best-selling album by a foreign artist in Canada and a number of other countries in Europe and Latin America. The first single of album "Time to Say Goodbye" has topped charts all across Europe, including Germany, where it stayed at the top of the charts for fourteen consecutive weeks, breaking the all-time sales record, with over 3 million copies sold in the country. The single went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic widely regarded as both the most popular Italian and classical singer in the world in 2006. Bocelli was made a Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2006. And also he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to Live Theater on March 2, 2010.